Jen Mauldin Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Image as Language, by Ann Chisholm. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, April 28th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition continues through May 26th, 2018.
Ann Chisholm’s show Image as Language features a collection of her intellectually stimulating, visually unconventional work inspired by communication and numerology.
The method to Ann Chisholm’s madness (so to speak) is as intricate and compelling as the art itself. Her work is predominately guided by her eccentric interests and, often, by concepts that perplex her. It’s as though the challenge of deciphering the subjects that captivate her fuels her passion to keep working… and keep working, she does. As any artist of any medium will tell you they should, Ann spends time working on her craft every single day… whether or not she’s feeling especially motivated or inspired.
Communication and numerology are predominant themes throughout Ann’s work. Her use of words, numbers, and symbols provides visual hints to the deeper meaning within each piece. Morse Code and hieroglyphics are elements in many of her works as they geometrically and intellectually add beauty to the work. The notion of universal modes of communication fascinates her, not to mention it uniquely challenges each viewer. What she’s trying to convey may be encrypted or it may be gibberish, and in the same way, her inspiration and methods are somehow all at once scientific and nonsensical. Ann’s hope for her art is that the viewer will have as contemplative an experience interpreting it as she did creating it.
Most of her work is made up of multiple canvases or panels and layers upon layers of paint and/or ink. Even the specific number of objects and layers of material used to make up a single piece is intentional and lends to the meaning behind it. The sides and width of the canvas or panel are equally as important elements of each piece, many of which are framed or lined in gold paper or gold leaf, which gives the pieces their own aura or glow. Her works derive a three-dimensional effect that is entirely unique to Ann Chisholm. Ann’s upcoming exhibit, Image as Language, will showcase yet another collection of her mind-bending, extraordinary work, which will be unlike anything viewers new to her style have seen before.
Ann was born in Boston, MA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Florida. Ann recently moved to Dallas having spent the last 25-plus years in New York City. In New York, she worked for 10 years for the literary publisher Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. She counts this experience as a major influence in her art as well as her reading life. She organized and curated two solo shows at the Yasher Gallery in Brooklyn and has participated in several group shows in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in The Periphery, Left Bank Art Blog, and Bushwick Daily. This is her first solo show in a commercial gallery.